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Harbor Grill

4.5
1193 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Waterfront
Since 1984 proprietors John, Wanda and Keegan Hicks have welcomed guests and taken special pride in the sincere, friendly attitude of the staff and quality of the food.
Located in the heart of beautiful Dana Point Marina, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the award-winning Harbor Grill Restaurant has enjoyed a reputation for the freshness and variety of its seafood and the warmth of its atmosphere.
Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast, The Harbor Grill features Certified Angus Beef as well as a daily selection of fresh seafood cooked in delicious inventive styles, including Southwestern, Pacific Rim, Caribbean, Cajun and Mediterranean.
With its reasonably priced menu, premium cocktails, and extensive wine list, The Harbor Grill has become a favorite with locals and a popular destination for visitors who are made to feel like "regulars" on their first visit.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 240-1416
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Angel Fabian
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Catering
No catering outside of the restaurant
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Cross street
Dana Point Harbor Drive
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Parking details
Valet Parking on Friday nights. Self parking available in parking lot adjacent to our restaurant.
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Public transit
OCTA bus stop at Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive
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Entertainment
Every evening for your listening and dining enjoyment, our pianist performs classic American and international favorites.
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Special events & promotions
Oyster Thursday every Thursday. Enjoy our delicious oyster preparations for only $9.95 for 1/2 dozen oysters. All day! All night!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1193 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 13 hours ago

Great food. Great service. Great!

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

We waited to be sat, 15 minutes after sitting and no waitress we left

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The appetizers, entres and dessert were fabulous. The seasoning was perfect. We had the clam chowder, Caesar salad, lobster ravioli and scallops. We had key lime pie for dessert and coffee. The entres were hot and stayed hot through the meal. The service was great. I can't wait to go back and try something else. Wide variety of options. We savored every bite.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My wife and I each had the crab Cobb salad. The crab was sweet with large leg portions and chunks of crab. I will most definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Best seafood restaurant in so Cal. Steaks, chicken excellent as well. Consistently excellent and great people.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Another wonderful family dinner at the Harbor Grill. The halibut was exquisite. The clam chowder delicious. And the portions generous and expertly cooked. The bread pudding divine. Great service. Great atmosphere. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Always great food . Definitely my go to restaurant when I want a great meal, to know exactly what I’m going to get, and I feel like I matter as a customer. You always do a great job.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

just LOVE Oyster Tuesdays! will be our new favorite thing to do on Tuesdays, for sure, plus they are partners with GiveDish - can't lose!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I am so excited that Harbor Grill is now a partner with GiveDish! wonderful organization, and happy to support all GiveDish menu selections.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was OK but nothing special. I think the kitchen may have been having an off day. I'm sure I'll eat there again but wouldn't order the Caesar salad with grilled shrimp. It was pretty blah. I indicated the noise level was "energetic" because "loud and obnoxious" wasn't an option. A table of four seated next to us were so noisy, my friend and I couldn't carry on any conversation. Irksome, but not the restaurant's fault by any means. The waitress did offer to move us inside which was nice of her but the loud people left before we were re-seated.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always wonderful

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We were very disappointed that the menu did not have any local fish. They didn’t even have any specials which could include at least one local type of seafood!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Harbor Grill at Dana Point Harbor is a personal favorite - I drive up from Solana Beach at least once every few months to lunch with Orange County friends. The food is fabulous; the service excellent, and the harbor view is perfect! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Harbor Grill turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It's not a super fancy place inside, but it's nice, and the food is very good. The night we went, there was a piano player, which was a nice touch. The music was loud enough to be heard, but quiet enough as to not interfere with conversation. It's located near the water, which makes it a nice place to walk around afterwards. It's definitely on my list of restaurants to come back to.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had such a nice Easter brunch at Harbor Grill! We were given the option of indoor and outdoor seating, so we opted for outdoor. We had a lovely view of the Harbor but stayed warm with the clear plastic surroundings.
The bloody mary was delightful, and I could argue that their crab cakes were the best I have ever had! For main course I got seasoned mahi mahi with french fries. The fries tasted exactly like In-N-Out fries (weird for a nice restaurant), but the fish was amazing and fresh. My mother ordered the mixed fish brochette with garlic mashed potatoes, and she ate every bite!

Wish we had room for dessert! Overall a great dining experience. I will return.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

First time there and as soon as we walked in a person was playing the piano at the front, we got checked in, and they cleared a table for us on the patio. The staff was so friendly and helpful. We will definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food, live piano 3-4 days / week.
Servers are attentive and come by often.
Sunday Champagne Brunch is worth the drive.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was a good meal but not amazing !

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Terrific! The food was so good. I've eaten in the other restaurants in Dana Point way too much and the food all tastes the same after awhile.

I had trout and it was cooked to perfection. The mixed vegetables were delicious. The gazpacho was very tasty, spicy not boring.

Definitely a gem that we are going back to next week.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The Cajun blackened sea bass was just about the best fish dinner I’ve ever had!!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Special lunch with a friend.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always great! My mom loves the waffles for Sunday brunch. The oysters on Thursday night are terrific!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We have recommended Harbor to many. Everyone has been satisfied and returned many times. Nice job remodeling.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I love the Harbor Grill! My family has been dining there for 30+ years and they never disappoint. The food and service is always amazing. It’s a special restaurant to our family!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Wonderful seafood restaurant on Dana Point. Fresh fish and friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We return here once a week to every other week for Friday - Night - date - nite. Harbor Grill is our favorite for the food, quality, people and service & hospitality with great piano background and on the harbor for sunset dining on the patio. So much to enjoy again and again.
Thanks Keegan, Beverly, Victor and fine staff from chef to bus- team and fabulous servers.
Jack n Paul

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Delicious fresh fish served piping hot and cooked to perfection!

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Great looking menu, but food was a disappointment. Not real flavorful and fish was terribly over cooked in the bouillabaisse.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Piano music and player was excellent along with good food - fresh off the grill - all fish items were done nicely - went to this place twice in a week - a great find among other tourist traps in Dana Point Harbor

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The decades we have dined at the Harbor Grill have been consistently the same: outstanding service and communication from ALL the staff, plus excellent food presentation and taste!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fidel is fantastic, along with the rest of the crew. Always a pleasure to dine at the bar & catch up with Fidel.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Reliable and consistent quality food and service.
We are there every week!!!
Great staff!!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Super! Seared Ahi on excellent greens. Always go to Harbor Grill every time I visit S CA.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Consistently great food , drinks and service- moved to area six years ago try different restaurants weekly and this is our staple-by far the best- every item on the menu is great- lunch- dinner- light dining or a multi course meal and can’t say enough about the mud pie- YUM!!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

One of the things I love about the Harbor Grill is that it has a more diverse menu than many restaurants. I love their "Grilled Scallops with Angel Hair Pasta in Serrano Chile Sauce." It has an awesome spiciness. Also, they serve oysters several ways. My friend had the beef short rib (which he let me taste) which was delicious. It's not as close to the water as some Dana Point
harbor restaurants but I think it may have the best food.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Salmon was perfection! Everything was a wonderful experience!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We had just had a graveside service for our dad. He always walked the harbor. Our server was sensitive to us. The next server over knew our family very well and it was so wonderful to connect again with her. The meal was delicious and Our vegan was most satisfied.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Restaurant too hot and noisy party of 8 sat beside us

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great experience from the moment we walked in. We were able to check in early and go to the bar before our reservation time. The front desk personnel was fantastic. We were seated right away at our reservation time. Great service!! We weren’t rushed and we didn’t have to wait long for the food or check. The food was good and had great presentation. All in all, a great experience and a restaurant I would recommend.

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